Classical conditioning in the vegetative and minimally conscious state

@article{Bekinschtein2009ClassicalCI,
  title={Classical conditioning in the vegetative and minimally conscious state},
  author={Trist{\'a}n Bekinschtein and Diego Edgar Shalom and Cecilia Forcato and Mar{\'i}a Herrera and Martin R. Coleman and Facundo Manes and Mariano Sigman},
  journal={Nature Neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={12},
  pages={1343-1349}
}
Pavlovian trace conditioning depends on the temporal gap between the conditioned and unconditioned stimuli. It requires, in mammals, functional medial temporal lobe structures and, in humans, explicit knowledge of the temporal contingency. It is therefore considered to be a plausible objective test to assess awareness without relying on explicit reports. We found that individuals with disorders of consciousness (DOCs), despite being unable to report awareness explicitly, were able to learn this… CONTINUE READING
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